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Governor Cuomo: Please disclose how the findings and recommendations of your Dept. of Health's Public Health Review of Shale Fracking will be translated into public policy

March 14, 2015

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you publicly disclose how the findings and recommendations of your Department of Health's A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) For Shale Gas Development will be translated into public policy.

We further request that you address the detailed concerns presented below before adopting any Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS).

Key Public Health Review Conclusion

The Public Health Review's key conclusion is:

"Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed, DOH recommends that HVHF should not proceed in New York State."

See page one at:

Request for Public Disclosure as well as Open and Transparent Decision Making Process

While we applaud your administration's landmark Public Health Review conclusion, it is unclear how it will be translated into public policy. We write today to request that you clarify this matter.

First, please make clear whether your administration plans to ban permanently all high volume hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale in New York through a legally-binding prohibition or adopt some other form of shale fracking prohibition.

Second, it is our understanding that your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will implement the Public Health Review's findings and recommendations by adopting a Final SGEIS and issuing a Findings Statement to conclude the proceeding.

Even though you stated on 12/17/14 that those actions would be "self-executing," we respectfully request that you reveal the scope of the Final SGEIS before any final action is taken on the matter.

The original purpose of the SGEIS was to provide permit guidelines for shale gas extraction. That is implicit in the SGEIS title: "Well Permit Issuance for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs."

We are concerned that a Final SGEIS might permit HVHF in the future without any further public review or comment and despite the prohibition recommended in the Public Health Review.

We also believe it would be premature to adopt HVHF permit guidelines before resolving the shortcomings documented in the Public Health Review and otherwise brought to your attention.

Given these concerns, we respectfully request that you: a) immediately provide written public notice regarding the scope of the proposed Final SGEIS proceeding, b) hold public hearings about the proceeding and c) accept public comments to resolve questions about this critical matter openly, transparently and with full formal public participation before adopting a Final SGEIS.

Please Address Fundamental Shortcomings Documented in the Public Health Review

The Public Health Review states: "Based on this review, it is apparent that the science surrounding HVHF activity is limited, only just beginning to emerge, and largely suggests only hypotheses about potential public health impacts that need further evaluation (emphasis added)."

The Public Health Review also notes: "many of the published reports investigating both environmental impacts that could result in human exposures and health implications of HVHF activities are preliminary or exploratory in nature (emphasis added)."

The Public Health Review cautions: "Furthermore, the public health impacts from HVHF activities could be significantly broader than just those geographic locations where the activity actually occurs, thus expanding the potential risk to a large population of New Yorkers (emphasis added)."

See pages one and two at:

Please Address "Significant Uncertainties" Documented in the Public Health Review

We also respectfully request that you disclose how DEC and DOH propose to address the "significant uncertainties" referenced in the Public Health Review regarding:

"the kinds of adverse health outcomes that may be associated with HVHF,"

"the likelihood of the occurrence of adverse health outcomes," and

"the effectiveness of some of the mitigation measures in reducing or preventing environmental impacts which could adversely affect public health."

See page two at:

Please Address the Most Important Decision Specified by the Public Health Review

We request that you disclose how New York State will decide when:

"the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed..."

All these Public Health Review procedural matters are critical to determining if HVHF will ever be allowed to proceed in New York. That is why it is imperative that you address these matters without delay.

Draft SGEIS Shortcomings Also Must Be Resolved Before Final SGEIS is Adopted

Tens of thousands of concerned citizens, legislators, academic researchers, business owners, religious leaders and health professionals have respectfully written you to document grave concerns about the Final Revised Draft SGEIS' numerous technical shortcomings as well as that it is indisputably outdated and lacks current information.



We trust that you will find our requests self-explanatory, but please do not hesitate to contact us if we can clarify our concerns. We look forward to receiving your prompt reply.

In conclusion, we wish to thank you, Commissioners Joe Martens and Dr. Howard Zucker, as well as all your DEC and DOH colleagues for their dedicated work performed under challenging circumstances to safeguard the public health of "all New Yorkers" as well as the environment of our state from shale fracking hazards. We commend your public service.

Always very respectfully,

Total Signatory Count: 1228

Corinna Lewis
No Mail to 43 N. Applegate Rd
Ithaca, NY
Barbara Lattanzi
Associate Professor
NYSCC at Alfred University
29 High Street
Alfred, NY
Karen Morean
8006 County Rd. 153
Interlaken, N.Y.
Candace Mingins
141 Albee Hill Road
Van Etten, NY
Chris Stoscheck
141 Albee Hill Road
Van Etten, NY
Marie McRae
Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition
710 Irish Settlement Rd
Freeville, NY
Barbara Harrison
Single Payer New York
143 Westview Lane
Ithaca, NY
Elaine Sperbeck
618 E. Monroe street
Little Falls, NY
thomas p. warner
2513 brookview road
castleton, new york
brenda lee
16 quarry dr
wappingers falls, ny
Arlene Hughes
3124 Wolf Creek Road
Cuba, NY
Jane Bonacci
Snell Rd
Geneva, NY
Nancy Hutto
Landowner in Cortland County, NY
10052 416th Ave. SE
North Bend, Washington
Mary Lee Martens
Board President
Moving in Congregations Acting in Hope (MICAH)
4356 Cosmos Hill Rd
Cortland, NY
Kenneth Bird
County of Monroe
131 Aragon Avenue
Rochester, NY
Erica Hart
93 William Brown Rd.
Hankins, NY
John Cisne
Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Cornell University
27 N. Landon Road
Ithaca, New York
Barbara Curit Thorp
209 Texas Lane
Ithaca, NY
Franz Sugarman
7221 Halseyville Rd.
Trumansburg, NY
Henrietta Wise
208 Krumville Road
Olivebridge, New York
Mary Graham
4021 McIntyre Rd
Trumansburg, NY
Sam Sebren
PO Box 131
Athens, NY
Kim Feil
409 N Elm
Arlington, Texas
Steven Handwerker
Dene Karaus
Board of Directors
Lamoka-Waneta Lakes Association
4250 Windwood Rd.
Hammondsport, NY
roberta wallitt
coddington rd
ithaca, ny
William Meyer
Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group
40 Sarles Street
Armonk, New York
Jill Padua
78 Kirks Road
Narrowsburg, New York
Gale Lyons
1013 Lake Street
Elmira, NY
Emily Clay
271 Mendon Ctr. Rd.
Honeoye Falls, NY
James schroeder
2056 west 21st. St.
chicago, il
annie campbell
33 Cayuga St.
trumansburg, New York
Frederick Sinclair
Concerned Citizens of Allegany County
POBox 843
Alfred, NY
Dave Elder
Vestal Residents for Safe Energy
2005 Owego Road
Vestal, New York
Neil Freson
26 Bitternell Lane
Henrietta, NY
Holly Anderson
New Road
Bovina, New York 13740
Charlotte Walker
Professor Emerita, English Dept.
SUNY Oneonta
PO Box 14
Gilbertsville, NY
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pravada sound healing
pravada sound healing
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Ithaca, NY
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109 Texas lane
ithaca, New York
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323 Pleasant St.
Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, NY
Carrie Cohen
45 Bald Hill School Rd
Brooktondale, NY
Cherry Rahn
16 Jay St
Geneva, NY
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Protect Laurens
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Otego, NY
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Marketing Manager
103 Highgate Road
Ithaca, NY
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Deposit, NY
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New York, NY
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279 bailey rd
montgomery, ny
Eleanor Fox
515 E. 118 St.
New York, NY